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Nominate an OT Mentor

Do you know an OT who would be a great mentor for the Building Practice through Mentorship course? Each OT mentor works with a small group of students to build reflective practice skills and support professional development throughout the two years of the Occupational Therapy program. Mentors are experienced OTs who are exemplary role models, have strong group facilitation skills, and are nominated by colleagues or past students.
Make a nomination by emailing the course coordinators (see below) with the name and email of the proposed mentor, and a short statement of why you think they would be a great mentor.
Mentors will be selected for the St. George campus and the UT Mississauga campus.
Please contact the Mentorship Course Coordinators for more information or to make a nomination.

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MScOT Program is Growing

We are pleased to announce that the MScOT program at University of Toronto is expanding, with 40 new spots becoming available at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Campus for September 2018.  This expansion responds to both high demand for spots in our program and the anticipated growth in the Peel Region.  The program will share space with Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) students in the beautiful Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex. Read more: Medicine Expands Occupational Therapy Program to UTM and Doing What We Love.

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Job Postings: Assistant and Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Stream

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is seeking two new tenure stream faculty members. The University and the Department are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ
persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

View our Job Opportunities page for additional information about these positions with links to the full job posting and instructions for applying.

Overview of the OT Curriculum

Interested in understanding the curriculum of the MScOT program at U of T, and the theoretical frameworks that shape it? This video will tell you all about the curriculum, and the Educational and Professional Conceptual Frameworks.

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Also, read about the Educational Conceptual Framework (ECF) and the Professional Conceptual Framework (PCF), and access the e-learning modules on the ECF on our site at MScOT Program & Curriculum Materials.

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POT Class of ’67 Funds a Landmark Bench

Leading up to the 50th anniversary of their graduation from U of T’s physical and occupational therapy program, several members of the class of 1967 proposed coming together in support of a Landmark Project bench. The Landmark Project, the most significant landscape project of the past century, will revitalize the University’s historic core by creating dynamic, open spaces for the university and wider communities to come together. Read the full story at

Centenary Breakfast a Great Success

On 21 February 2018, the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy kicked off celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of occupational therapy education at the University of Toronto, and the birthday party was a tremendous success! Read about it and peruse the photo gallery here.

Guests viewing gallery and having cake at the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy's 100th Anniversary Breakfast, February 21, 2018

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Siblings honour brother: Scholarships in OS&OT

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto are pleased to jointly announce the Peter Rappolt Family Scholarships for Research in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing.  Read about the Rappolt Family’s story: Siblings honour brother: scholarships in occupational science and therapy.

Beginning in 2018, the Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship for Research in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing will be awarded to a second year MScOT student in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy who is undertaking a MScOT Graduate Research Project to improve the occupational performance and wellbeing of individuals with serious mental illness and developmental or chronic health conditions, and who has achieved the highest overall standing in Year I research courses.

At the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, the endowed Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship for Research in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing will be awarded based on academic merit to a graduate of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists-approved entry-level occupational therapy program who is enrolled in the first year doctoral program to undertake research to improve the occupational performance and wellbeing of individuals with serious mental health concerns and complex developmental and chronic health conditions.

The Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are incredibly grateful to the Rappolt family for their thoughtful consideration of students and research in establishing these awards in honour of their brother, Peter.  Their generosity and understanding of the need for occupational science and occupational therapy graduate research funding is greatly appreciated and truly valued.

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Dr. Mary Law Appointed to Order of Canada

The Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy congratulates Dr. Mary Law on her appointment to the Order of Canada for her work in the field of occupational therapy.
Dr. Law has been instrumental in setting the standard for OS&OT research and shaping clinical practice in Canada. It is a well-deserved appointment!

Nominations for Alumni Achievement Awards

Nominations are now open for the University of Toronto PT & OT 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards.

The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions in their professions. The awards will be presented by the PT & OT Alumni Association at Alumni Reunion in June.

Nominations are due by 12:00 pm on March 15, 2018.

Download the nomination package to learn more about the awards, process and documentation required for submissions.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful contributions.
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